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Salvatore's Cucina Italiana

4.7
595 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Nestled in the heart of Downtown San Diego and just steps from the San Diego Convention Center, Salvatore's Cucina Italiana offers exceptional Italian cuisine, a variety of specialty cocktails and a wine list that features select Californian and Italian wines. Combined with its newly remodeled interior, Salvatore's provides an elegant, romantic atmosphere unlike anything else San Diego has to offer.

With a philosophy of hospitality over pretension, it is our mission that each guest be treated like family, with love and care at each and every step of their dining experience.

Benvenuto & Buon Appetito!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 544-1865
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Raffaella Morelli
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
G St.
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Parking details
On-site underground parking, free with validation. Garage entrance located on 733 Union St.
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Entertainment
Jazz harpist Vicki McMaster performs on Saturday nights. Enchanting her play, is the harp, once belonging to Harpo Marx. He used the harp on his famous cameo appearance on the "I Love Lucy' show in the 1950's.
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Special events & promotions
We proudly offer Happy Hour, Monday-Friday, from 5-7PM. Please note, 'Happy Hour' is served at our bar only.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our private dining room can accommodate up to 65 people, and up to 90 for standing cocktail receptions. The entire restaurant is also available for groups of up to 175 people. Semi-private niches throughout the main dining room also allow us to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements.

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What 595 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant is a hidden gem in San Diego. I'm always looking for a good Italian restaurant. I think I found one here in downtown San Diego. My wife and I ate here for Valentines day and really enjoyed the food. We didn't get a chance to try the regular menu because they had a special menu for Valentines day. We will be back to try the regular menu but what we had was really good. The service was great. Our waiter was on top of everything.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Simply amazing! Food was fabulous and the ambiance was spot on for a romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was amazing! The ambiance was perfect and the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent cuisine and service. Very welcoming highly professional , no rush environment. The quality never fails having been there dozens of times over the years

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

great place for a quiet business dinner. and the good was very good quality

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service from Alexa. The lasagna was authentic with fresh noodles; best we have had since a visit to Bologna. The ossobuco over saffron risotto was perfect, absolutely falling off the bone. Silverware was refreshed as necessary. Dinner was not rushed. No one was trying to whisk away the plates or asked "are you still working on that." Homemade crème brulee was creamy and not too sweet--perfect and topped with fresh fruit. Wine pours were larger than typical, making the wine by the glass worth the price. Parking in downtown San Diego is always problematic, but in this case the garage was in the same building and our ticket was taken care of by the restaurant (i.e., free parking).

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and service. This is a wonderful spot for a special occasion. We both had a starter and smaller portion of pasta and it was plenty of food.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous food, civil, easy to talk and a beautiful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

After my wife attended a seminar in downtown San Diego, we took advantage of being near Salvatore's and enjoyed a great Italian dinner. My wife ordered the spicy crab pasta (as she always does) and I had the restaurant's signature item of Lasagna. Both were very enjoyable and satisfying.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

My wife and I love trying new restaurants, this place is a gem. We were celebrating my wives birthday and I was surprising her with tickets to a play after dinner so we were on a time schedule. When I made our reservations, I noted that. My wife was seated first as I parked the car. I was greeted by the Manager who informed me, my secret was mum. After I gave her the tickets, I told the waiter that the secret was out. He was releaved because he said he had seen this play and couldn't wait to tell it was a great play. They were all so friendly. Live piano music,..played lightly so it's not overwhelming. Food was fantastic. I will absolutely go back.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We love it! The place, food, ambience is excellent.
We had a great time. The food was delicious.
The owner is an excellent hostess
They were very nice and friendly. The service was excellent in general
One of the best restaurants in San Diego

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We booked the restaurant based on its positive reviews and the restaurant delivered! It was my 50th birthday dinner and the food was scrumptious. (Fish, filet and pasta all delicious-- the creme brule was fantastic and a perfect way to cap off the evening.) We had a great table with a view of the passers-by on the street-- the white tablecloth and fresh pink roses added an elegant and classy touch. We highly recommend Salvatore's--it won't disappoint.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food. Great service. Consistently, a wonderful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Huge menu with choices to satisfy all. Amazing flavors carefully pairing different foods together. Excellent service. Live piano music during dinner was a pleasant surprise and added to dining experience. Pricey but you will not be disappointed!

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This was very good food and the wine was reasonable. We had a very poor waiter that took away from our experience. All in all we probably wont give it another try due to the availability of restaurants in the area but I hate to see a business suffer because of a bad employee.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

A friend suggested that my wife and I dine at Salvatore's Cucina Italiana during a visit to San Diego. The menu contained an excellent and diverse selection of Italian Cuisine. We ordered cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desert. We chose from the wine list a very delicious and reasonably priced Italian wine. The staff made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in the door and provided very help descriptions and advice about the menu selections and the wine list. Rarely have we encountered such a friendly and helpful restaurant staff. Our meal was accompanied by music provided by a fine pianist. We enthusiastically recommend Salvatore's.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was exquisite. 10/10 would go there again, and the people and atmosphere was amazing.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Love the food and the ambiance! Owner is really nice

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Terrible service and the food was as good as an Olive garden. The waiter was kind but probably was working on many tables at the same time. The place is really nice though and the owner had a really nice attitude.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service. Food was not so great

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The best italian cuisine, nice ambiance, great service. Perfect dinner choice!!

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The Lasagna was the best. A bit salty this time. The Oso Bucco was ok except for the so-called Risotto, not good. It was like eating dried rice. Not Risotto at all. I sent it back. The gay host did not want to comp the plate. Also, we brought our own wine, the corkage fee was $30 bucks.. outrageous.. this was my “go to” Italian place. Not anymore. This place has gone DOWN HILL. Not going back. Thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

It was beautiful, perfect, amazing! Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We go to Salvatore's at the end of the year with our entire family to celebrate the holidays. We have never been disappointed, and always enjoy our meal. We have a couple of vegans in our family and the service staff there is always very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Fabulous! is the appropriate word for this restaurant! We love Italian Food
and searched the internet. What a FIND...we like simple decor in white
and let the food be the star and it was!
We had two dinners there out of six days, they were closed the 24/25.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Wanted to spend a special night with my wife. Looked up romantic Italian listings in San Diego and this was rated very well, and made a reservation. As soon as we walked in we were greeted warm heartedly, and was seated. The wait staff was very attentive and not intrusive, Very professional. They made us feel real welcomed. The food was amazing. We were reading the menus, and the waiter had suggested the specials, which sounded great. So I ordered the fillet special and my wife ordered the halibut. Everything was cooked perfectly. Will recommend this to anyone for a special night out with their special someone.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was outstanding. Definitely will be back to visit

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We were celebrating our 28th Anniversary and the meal was exquisite! Wonderful restaurant, delicious food!

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing; the proprietor was warm and welcoming; and the ambiance was perfect for our special occasion!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing food as always and thank you for making my birthday special

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food, authentic Italian, friendly service, convenient location

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

What a find. Not do be missed. We went there because of its rating. The food was fantastic. The greeting by Salvatore himself got the evening off to a great start.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

My second visit. The Osso bucco is just outstanding. Have referred all my friends to this lovely spot

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Lovely setting. Friendly, attentive service. Excellent food

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our first visit. The restaurant is very elegant with a distinctive European flair. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. It is pricey so it's a bit of a splurge but depending on what you are looking for it can be a very good choice.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

From the personal handshaek on entering, to the beautiful live harpist, to the fabulous cocktails, and of course the great food - accommodated our allergies and preferences with grace. Really nice San Diego special meal.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Very nice place with delicious food! So classy..great for friends get together.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The food, service, and ambiance was excellent. Our party of 11 truly enjoyed the dishes served and the wait staff was very attentive from the minute we walked in the door. The shrimp scampi was my favorite and had the best marinara sauce every tasted and I truly love Italian food. The wine and appetizers were delicious. Many thanks to the friendly staff at Salvatore for the wonderful dinner and for making our evening in San Diego a memorable event. Hats off to the chef!! We loved it!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Always excellent. The lasagna is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Loved it!!! Highly recommend! Was even greeted at the door by my first name.

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